'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' is Quentin Tarantino's 9th movie, here's why it will be a landmark film for the auteur and his fans
Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' is the director's 9th film and he is expected to retire after he makes his 10th movie
It was back in 2012, when Quentin Tarantino was promoting his film 'Django Unchained,' that he spoke about retirement. He said at the time: "I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually, the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f***s up three good ones... When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty. I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax."
He had said this to Playboy in an interview, adding: "I want to work toward something. You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”
Tarantino considered 'Django Unchained' his seventh movie because 'Kill Bill' was one movie released in two parts for cinematic reasons. Now cut to 2016, and the filmmaker's eighth film, 'The Hateful Eight' was released.
At this time, the Pulp Fiction director was at a creativity conference organized by Adobe Max, where, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he further stressed his retirement and said: "Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that shit'." After stressing about retirement from filmmaking after he makes his 10th film multiple times, it didn't necessarily come as a surprise when the director's latest outing, 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' was being marketed widely as "Quentin Tarantino's 9th film."
It will be a landmark film in the careers of everyone involved, especially Tarantino's because he brought Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt together to collaborate on a film that is set in what is today known as the golden era of Hollywood - the 1960s. While Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio did collaborate on a feature film, Pitt did do a cameo in Martin Scorsese's short film The Audition, which starred DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in lead roles.
Fans have noticed the special attention given to the fact that 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood,' is the director's ninth film. This has resulted in many of them taking to social media sites such as Reddit to state they realize that the director genuinely meant what he has been saying about his retirement.
Here are some of the reactions from fans:
Reddit user u/jeraldthemannis posted something interesting and wrote, "Not sure if anyone have noticed it by now about the title 'Once Upon A [Time in] Hollywood'. It has 9 syllables, and this is QT’s ninth film."
The fact that this is Tarantino's penultimate project, also throws the spotlight on what subject the director would choose for his last film. During interviews in 2016, he had said that his ninth film would be set in Australia in the 1930s and will be quite Bonnie and Clyde-esque. However, he ended up choosing Hollywood in the 60s as the backdrop of the Manson Family murders.
He had also shown interest in making another 'Kill Bill' movie, so would he choose that or work further on the film that is set in Australia? And so, 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' will definitely turn out to be a landmark film for fans of the filmmaker as well.
According to a report in The Guardian, after his retirement from filmmaking, Tarantino has hinted he will move into writing novels and making theater. 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' is slated to release July 26 in theatres and is expected to premiere at Cannes International film festival in May.